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Monday, February 10, 2014

Arriving Early


We're under a winter storm watch.  It begins Tuesday morning and ends on Thursday.  As you can see, they got it wrong again.  It's snowing like crazy here.  The schools dismissed at noon.  And the birds are flocking to the feeders.



The feeders are filled every morning at 6.
They empty fast in the snow.

We have the pantry and freezer stocked.  Plenty of food for the birds.  Good books to read and projects for knitting.  Movies waiting on the DVR.  Good thing, because we may be stuck for several days.  Wisconsin roads are cleared quickly and even a large snow doesn't bring everything to a halt.  But NC is not as well equipped to manage the snow.  The shadows on the hills and curves will keep the snow on the roads far longer.  Because of the steep hills and deep valleys, it will be several days before we can head downtown.

It remains to be seen how long the snow will continue.  Is this early stuff all we will get?  Or is the snow going to last even longer?  Time will tell.


6 comments:

robin andrea said...

It sure has been one wild and crazy winter. I'll be glad to see this one end. We had 13 inches of rain in four days. Yes, we needed it, but we didn't need it all at once like that. Sure hope this snow is a small storm, and you're back on the way to spring ASAP! Stay safe and warm.

Carolina Linthead said...

Thank you for explaining so well the nature of southern Appalachian snow! We lived in two different locations in western NC that were virtually inaccessible in bad weather, and we knew people who lived in worse! I always tried to keep emergency supplies in stock...cans of this and that, a stove for cooking if the power went out. Ohio is not this way, so people think that Southerners can't do this or that or the other. No...it's geography...beautiful if sometimes unforgiving geography. Stay warm and safe! Give Lucy our love, always.

Glenda C. Beall said...

Yes, the geography is quite different. My bil is from Chicago and has driven in snow all his life, but he says snow in Atlanta is much more difficult to move around in. He spent 45 minutes trying to get out of his driveway last week and had to give up. Out on the streets where there is hardly any level ground, he says it is really bad when the roads are covered with ice. I look forward to a spring day!

Vicki Lane said...

We are stocked up and prepared - extra food for man and beast, water, wood, kerosene -- so far, no snow. But we're set to stay put.

NCmountainwoman said...

Thanks for your comments, everyone.

Linthead - yes, it's definitely geography.

Glenda - Chicago has been especially hard hit this winter.

Vicki - I suspect it's on its way.

Busy Bee Suz said...

Well, I hope the storm has been easy on you.
My family in GA seem to be fine; some power outages, but they will manage.
I do hope you have wine stocked too?!
Be safe
XOXO